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FIRE DANGER EXTREMELY HIGH

 

Jacque Ritchie

TWO OF THE MANY FIREFIGHTERS AT THE RECENT FIRE IN BLOOMFIELD

According to San Juan County Fire Chief Craig Daugherty, the fire danger in our county is very high because of the extreme heat we've been experiencing and the dry fuel (cheat grass and cotton from the cottonwood trees).

No burn permits are currently being issued. "Fifty-eight firefighters, mostly volunteers, fought the junkyard fire in Bloomfield on July 10 for eight and half hours. They used 140,000 gallons of water," he said at a recent County Commission meeting. He also said, since June 1, fire departments have had 200 fire calls, mostly wildland and structures. In addition, they have attended to car crashes, rescues and EMS calls. "We have lost three structures, ten outbuildings, ten drivable vehicles. And we've saved 150 structures that were threatened." He added, "It takes a huge commitment to be a firefighter, and I want to recognize them publicly."

 

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